The Charlottesville 29

If there were just 29 restaurants in Charlottesville, what would be the ideal 29?

Auction for Allie

Allie

On March 1, rising star chef Allie Redshaw lost her hand in a horrible accident while working at Lampo. Since then, the outpouring of love and support for Allie and her husband Ian has been extraordinary. Now, the community is doing even more by auctioning off amazing experiences, services and items for Redshaw’s benefit. These will be part of an auction at the Rally for Allie, a food and wine fundraiser for Allie, March 27 at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards.

The best part? Every penny goes directly to Allie’s Recovery Fund, to help with medical expenses, rehabilitation, and a prosthetic. So, you can help Redshaw’s recovery while treating yourself to something spectacular from our local community.

UPDATE: The auction is now closed. Thank you to all of the generous bidders and donors.

AUCTION FOR ALLIE

James Beard Dinner for Ten
Ian Boden, Melissa Close-Hart, and Angelo Vangelopoulos

The winner and nine guests will enjoy the culinary experience of a lifetime: the first dinner ever prepared by all three Charlottesville area chefs who have been James Beard semifinalists for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic. Melissa Close-Hart, chef of Junction, was a four time semifinalist as Executive Chef of Palladio. Ian Boden, chef-owner of The Shack, is a two time semifinalist, once for The Shack and once for Glass Haus Kitchen. And, Angelo Vangelopoulos, chef-owner of The Ivy Inn, is also a two-time semifinalist. To mark the occasion, the three chefs will prepare a nine-course meal of special dishes created just for the winner and their guests, each with cocktail or wine pairings.

Note: the meal will be held at Junction and scheduled on a mutually convenient Sunday-Tuesday with the auction winner.

Current Bid: $2,500

Wintergreen Fireworks Supper for Six
Chef Ellen English

Ellen English is an accomplished chef who once ran the Trillium House and now offers boutique catering services. The winner and five guests will enjoy a summer supper prepared by English at the Wintergreen 4th of July Jubilee fireworks celebration, on July 3, 2017. The package includes festive decorations and pre-setting of six chairs in a prime viewing area, where the meal will be delivered. Note: Wintergreen does not allow outside alcohol, but will have wine, beer, and cider available for purchase.

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Handmade Monolith Chef’s Knife and Studio Tour
Monolith Studio Knives

Handmade Monolith knives are beloved by area chefs. In addition to a tour of Monlith’s studio in Ivy, the winner will receive a 9″ chef’s knife featuring Damasteel, brass pins and bolsters, and a leather sheath handmade by local leather smith Aaron Baker. The knife also uses historic walnut from Peter Jefferson Place on Pantops Mountain, once owned by Peter and Thomas Jefferson. Monolith Knives are 100% handmade in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Damascus Chef knives are used by some of the finest professional and home chefs in Charlottesville, throughout the US, and abroad, and they are the 2016 Garden and Gun – Made in the South Awards Runner up. Lifetime warranty. To learn more visit www.monstu.com

Current Bid: $600

Professionally Produced Video Commercial
Eric Hurt

A 30 or 15 second professionally produced commercial spot for your small, local business. Eric Hurt’s production team will create a national level spot for your business, including pre-production, production and post-production. Credits include Whole Foods, Pizza Hut, DuPont, Wal-mart, and seven feature films. This can also be used for high end web video. Note: Any additional production costs are not included. Agencies and large corporations are not eligible to bid. Not including air time. Production can begin anytime after July 2017.

Current Bid: $900

Family Four-Pack to the 8th Annual Festy Experience
The Festy Experience

Four passes for your family or friends to join The 8th Annual Festy Experience, a Blue Ridge Mountains festival featuring Music, Craft Food & Beer, and Family-Friendly Camping. Previous headliners have included: Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Robert Earl Keen, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tony Rice, Josh Ritter, David Grisman, Chris Thile, John Scofield, Lee Ann Womack, Sam Bush, Brett Dennen, and more. 2017 Headliners to be announced in May. The “Family Four-Pack” includes Four Weekend Camping Tickets, Four Thursday Arrival Passes,  and a GA Vehicle Pass.

Current Bid: $205

Four Seats at an Exclusive A Pimento Wine Dinner
A Pimento Catering

Four tickets to any A Pimento wine dinner. These popular dinners, which typically sell out, feature the gourmet cuisine of A Pimento Catering and visiting winemakers from around the world and those representing them.  Dinners include five or six courses paired with the producer’s wines.

Current Bid: $600

Filipino Pop-up Dinner for 15
Splendora’s Gelato

Splendora’s owner PK Ross is known for her Filipino cooking, and the winner and fourteen guests will enjoy a buffet style Filipino feast either at Splendora’s or the winner’s chosen location. Though not a vegetarian friendly cuisine, some edits can be made. Spleandora’s will work with the winner on the menu. Note: dinner will be scheduled on a mutually convenient Sunday or Monday evening.

Current Bid: $750

Drip Cake Workshop for Two with Maliha Creations
Maliha Creations

The winner and a friend will learn how to frost and fill their own two tier cakes and achieve super sharp edges. Make a pourable ganache for dripping. Make chocolate gems, and artfully and safely arrange flowers. Then, they will each take home their own cake and enjoy! The lesson should last about 2.5 hours.

Current Bid: $300

Storytelling Family Photo Session
Signe Clayton Photography 

Storytelling Sessions focus on preserving memories, capturing authentic and meaningful connections, and showcasing your everyday in all its beauty. Whether a regular afternoon at your house, Saturday morning breakfast, an annual family tradition like carving pumpkins or decorating the Christmas tree, or the first few days home with the newest addition to your family, Storytelling Sessions leave you with images that transport you back to that moment in time. No posing or forced smiling. Just your real life, documented beautifully.  Storytelling sessions are 2 hours and will take place in the winner’s home, or another location that is meaningful. The session includes at least 45 edited images on a USB. The winner will also have the option to purchase additional print products, such as custom albums.

Current Bid: $230

Mimosa Brunch for Four
Red Pump Kitchen

Sunday Brunch for four at Red Pump Kitchen with mimosas!

Current Bid: $200

Small Business Website
CEB Design Studio

Put your best food forward online with a fully responsive modern website. CEB Design Studio will work with the auction winner to design a 3-5 page WordPress based website that features the winner’s small business or service, customized to their specifications. Completion will require 3-4 weeks.

Current Bid: $350

Professional Logo Design
Tama Ordway

Tama Ordway is a graphic designer and illustrator with more than twenty years of experience of branding for restaurants, small businesses,and non-profits. With a passion for branding, Ordway will design a logo for your business or organization.

Current Bid: $500

Workplace Training Course – American Heart Association 
First Responder Systems, LLC

Your choice of the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Course or the American Heart Association First Aid, CPR, and AED class. Up to eight participants. Two-Year certification. Eight participants at your office or place business.

Current Bid: $650

Whole Tunis Spring Lamb
Gryffon’s Aerie

Whole grass-fed spring lamb. USDA inspected. Available whole or professionally cut and wrapped to your specifications.

Current Bid: $410

Coffee for A Year
Mudhouse Coffee

A year’s supply of coffee. Your choice of coffee beans delivered to your home every month for a year by Mudhouse, Roast magazine’s 2017 Coffee Roaster of the Year.

Current Bid: $350

20 Indoor Cycling Classes
Zoom Indoor Cycling

20 cycling classes at Zoom Indoor Cycling. Good for one year. Zoom Indoor Cycle is a high-energy, music-driven, boutique fitness studio that offers a unique, full-body workout in just 45 minutes. Book class 7 days a week online.  Enjoy spa grade lockers and showers post ride.  Experience the next generation in indoor cycling!

Current Bid: $175

Original Painting: “Blue Ridge Backpacking”
Blue Stream Studio

Original 60 x 48 in painting by Jim Calhoun of Blue Stream Studio. You may view the painting here.

Current Bid:

Five Year Vertical Pinot Noir Tasting and Vineyard Tour
Ankida Ridge Vineyards

Year after year, the Ankida Ridge Pinot Noir is one of Virginia’s most acclaimed wines. The auction winner and seven guests will enjoy an exclusive vertical tasting of this very special wine, along with a tour of the vineyard personally hosted by the vineyard owners and winemaker. Note: The winner will schedule the tasting and tour at a time mutually convenient with the owners and winemaker.

Current Bid: $600

Sound System Rental 
Cville Sound

One professional PA sound system, including generator if necessary, delivery, and set up. Can be used for tailgates, house parties, corporate functions, etc.

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Commonwealth Reserve Event Space for 100 to 150
Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar

Enjoy the use of Commonwealth Reserve, a private event space on the Downtown Mall. Host a party for up to 100 (seated dinner) or 150 (standing). While just the space is included, discounted staffing and catering are available from Commonwealth Restaurant. Or, the winner is free to bring or have catered their own food and beverages. Optional features of the space include: tables and chairs which can be used in any configuration, two bars, a small stage, a projector and screen. Note: the winner may reserve the space in advance, without limitation, for any available Sunday thru Thursday. Or, if the winner would prefer a Friday or Saturday night, Commonwealth will confirm the date less than 30 days before the event. So, to book it on Friday June 30th, for example, Commonwealth would confirm on June 1.

Current Bid: $150

Draft Beer Tasting for Twenty
Draft Taproom

Draft Taproom is Charlottesville’s first self-serve bar, where customers pour themselves beer, cider, and wine. The winner’s group will enjoy reserved seating for twenty people and an array of appetizers to share, while a beer expert leads them through a a variety of beer styles or facilitates a blind tasting for the group.

Current Bid: $400

Hand Forged Roasting Pan
Blanc Creatives

13 inch Blanc Creatives hand forged carbon steel roasting pan, featuring a ten-inch cooking base, one and a half inch sidewalls, and two bronze loop handles. Great for stove top, or in the oven. Guaranteed for life. Locally crafted in the Belmont neighborhood.

Current Bid: $400

Tasting, Lunch, Overnight Stay, and Wine Package for Four
Early Mountain Vineyards

Early Mountain Vineyards in Madison, Virginia welcomes you for an afternoon of wine tasting and lunch for up to four guests, a tour of the vineyard, and a night’s stay at their beautiful guest cottage! It is with great pride that they showcase and share some of the finest wines that Virginia has to offer. In addition to serving their own estate-grown wines, the Early Mountain tasting room features a selection of some of the most celebrated and best-loved Virginia wines from other award-winning wineries. The winner will also receive six Virginia library wines from Early Mountain’s collection.

Note: Expires April 1, 2018. All guests must be 21 years of age or older. Cottage can sleep up to four guests and includes a king bed as well as a queen pull-out couch in the living room. Subject to availability of the Cottage and staff to direct a tour of the vineyard. Reservation required.

Current Bid:  $700

Viennoiserie Workshop for Four
Levain Baking Studio

Croissants at Home! – a private group workshop for 4 people. The Viennoiserie workshop is a one day class to learn Classic Butter Croissants and Pain au Chocolat (chocolate filled croissants), taught by Levain Baking Studio founder Sharlene Mendoza McNeish. Learn the lamination process (folding butter in dough) by hand + rolling pin to make butter croissants and chocolate filled croissants in your home kitchen. The Levain Baking Studio is a 1940 renovated barn-turned-baking studio school ten miles east of Charlottesville, equipped with a deck oven with steam injection for artisan breads, a convection oven for pastries, a Le Panyol wood fire oven for outdoor baking, bakery grade mixers and a dough sheeter. This environment fosters interaction between bakers while engaging in the science and the art of baking. It’s a space for bakers to gather, share and learn. Note: The winner and Levain Baking Studio will schedule on a Saturday best suited for both parties. Valid for up to one year.

Current Bid: $425

Beer, Bakin’, and Bourbon for Bros
Paradox Pastry

Chef Jenny Peterson and Paradox Pastry offer this hands-on, deep in it, baking class of all things manly and manful. Send yourself or your favorite guy to explore his inner pastry chef while conjuring up plenty of take-home delectables laced with beer, bacon, and a wee bit of bourbon (just for fun). We promise to teach the men and “guy girls” to fish, er, bake, forever keeping them and their loved ones filled with sweetness. Class size is six participants, and length is 2-3 hours (depends on the time ratio of fun to work!).

Note: Class time to be scheduled at a mutually convenient day and time between Paradox Pastry and winning bidder. Expires April 1, 2018.

Current Bid: $205

A Year of Relaxation – 12 Massage/Bodywork Sessions
CalmingPoints

Twelve monthly sessions of massage or bodywork for the auction winner or someone of their choosing. In a quiet oasis, the winner will be able to relax and retreat from the outside world. CalmingPoints offers methods that strengthen the body’s natural ability to heal and ease pain and tension. Quiet rejuvenation is a great start to reducing stress in everyday life. Choose from Asian acupressure, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Pre-Natal or Zero Balancing. Expires May 2018.

Current Bid: $405

Private Bourbon Tasting and Custom Shirt Design for Eight
Alton Lane

The Alton Lane Charlottesville showroom, on the Downtown Mall, will host the winner and seven guests for a private bourbon tasting and fitting for shirts that Esquire magazine says will “fit your body perfectly.” Members of the group will taste several different bourbons, each be fitted for a shirt (including a 3-D body scan), and individually select their own custom designed shirt based on their fitting.

Current Bid: $300

Common House Chef’s Counter Dinner for Four
Common House

The winner and three guests will enjoy the view of the bustling kitchen at Common House while their four-course meal is prepared by Chef Antwon Brinson and his team. Each course will be introduced by Chef Brinson or General Manager Joe Scala and paired with wines selected by Erin Scala (DWS). Note: Valid Monday – Thursday after June 1st, 2017. Offer expires June 1st, 2018.

Current Bid: $300

Handmade Tea Set
Sherri Raffaele Pottery 

Wood-fired tea pot and two tea bowls. “I approach pottery as a celebration of the small rituals in daily life,” says potter Sherri Raffaele. “Every day we form relationships with objects and come to rely on them as part or our routine. We may reach for the same coffee cup each morning and find that, if it’s not there, the morning is not quite right. Add this tea set to your daily ritual.” Materials: Stoneware, natural ash glaze. Dimensions: Teapot – 9”x 7”x 12”; Bowls- 3.5”x 3”x3.5”.See image here: http://www.sherriraffaele.com/

Current Bid: $105

Two Night Stay in 2BR Silver Creek Condo

Two night stay in a two-bedroom, two-bathroom condominium in Silver Creek, WV – affiliated with Snowshoe. Features include an indoor & outdoor hot tub, plus a fitness room. The unit is fully equipped with a range oven, electric baseboard, ceiling fans, high speed internet, and a balcony. Note: Winner will schedule with owners for a mutually convenient time.

Current Bid: $500

“Follow the Chef” Market Tour and Dinner
Keevil & Keevil Grocery & Kitchen

The winner and three guests will meet chef Harrison Keevil at the Charlottesville City Market at 9 am on a mutually convenient Saturday. With Keevil, they will walk the market, talk to the vendors, and pick up ingredients for dinner later that day. They will finish the tour with tacos, of course. At 7 pm that same day, the group will be welcomed at Keevil & Keevil Grocery & Kitchen, where Keevil will use the ingredients from the market to make a four course dinner with wine and beer pairings. A very special experience for any food lover.

Current Bid: $400

Library Wine Tasting for Twelve w/ Michael Shaps
Michael Shaps Wineworks

The winner and eleven guests will enjoy a private wine tasting with winemaker Michael Shaps. Wines will include rare, library offerings from both Michael’s Virginia and French selections. A delicious arrangement of charcuterie and cheese will accompany the wines. The winner may choose to have the tasting at the winery, 1781 Harris Creek Way,or in the new tasting room at 1585 Avon Street Extended.

Current Bid: $425

Wine Guild Membership
The Wine Guild of Charlottesville

One year membership to The Wine Guild of Charlottesville. The Wine Guild is a club that helps members find better wine and pay less for it. Members can buy wine for 20% off normal retail prices. How? The Guild is not a traditional store, but a club that makes just enough to cover expenses. The staff tastes over 100 wines each week, then sends out emails to members featuring the two or three best. Members can also order wines they are already familiar with or wines they’ve discovered at a restaurant or through a friend. The club hosts wine tastings and pop-up restaurant nights a couple of times a month, which are open to the public, and the club loves seeing new faces.

Current Bid: $125

Permanent Hair Removal Treatments
Smooth Skin Laser

Four underarm treatments of permanent hair removal.

Current Bid:  $250

Two Night Stay at the Inn at Crossroads
Inn at Crossroads

The winner and a guest will enjoy a two night stay in the room, suite or cottage of their choice at the Inn at the Crossroads. A full three course breakfast is included. Walking distance to Pippin Hill Vineyard. Note: Valid any dates through March of 2018, subject to current availability.

Current Bid: $260

Five Finds on Friday: J.R. Hadley

hadley

Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from J.R. Hadley, the restaurateur who owns Boylan Heights and the brand new nachos restaurant Cho’s. For St. Patrick’s Day today, Cho’s is turning back into the former occupant of its space on Preston Avenue: McGrady’s. They will hoist the old McGrady’s sign, and staff will wear McGrady’s gear in homage to what Hadley says is the best St. Patrick’s Day party in town. Drink specials, giveaways, live music on the new deck, bagpipes, and even face painting for the kids. Details here and here. Hadley’s picks:

1) Cavolo Nero at Lampo. “This may be the best $7 you can spend in town. I’ve been to Lampo more times than I can count, dating back to when Loren, Drew, Ian and Mitch first opened this gem. I’ve tried everything on the menu, and always look forward to Drew’s educated wine recommendations at the bar. But this often overlooked salad in Charlottesville’s hottest pizza joint is a great example of how talented these guys are. Pickled mustard seed, Tuscan kale, apple cider vin, and candied almonds? Yes please.”

2) The Southern at Roots Natural Kitchen. “I love Roots. Co-owner Jung Kim worked for me at Boylan Heights when he was an undergrad here at UVa and I am so proud of what he has done. In just over a year, Roots has become a staple on The Corner and rightfully so. Not only is it healthy, but its fresh, and flavorful. Most people don’t know they had the guys over at ZoCaLo help design their menu and recipes. Try The Southern if you haven’t already. The house made BBQ tofu is incredible, along with the signature brown/black rice, kale, chickpeas, roasted broccoli and pickled onions.”

3) Greens of the Day at Integral Yoga Natural Foods. “I’m a juice freak. Mainly because it makes it easy for me to get all the fruits and veggies my Mom tells me I’m supposed to eat every day. At Integral Yoga they use fresh, organic fruits and veggies and they are always so friendly and anxious to help you find the perfect juice or smoothie. Plus, it’s right across the street from Cho’s which makes it even more dangerous for me. My go-to is the Greens of the Day. It’s packed with kale, cucumber, cabbage, celery, and I usually add echinacea and Vitamin-C powder. And when you stayed out a little too late? Get the Liver Flush. It works ;)”

4) Tagliatelle w/ Ragu Alla Bolognese at Vivace. “I grew up in Ivy, and went to WAHS with fellow restaurateur Landon Saul. Since taking over Vivace, Landon has taken the menu from good to great. Landon’s parents owned a family grocery store and butcher shop when we were kids, and its no coincidence that Landon brings that same passion for local ingredients to the Vivace menu. After training in Calabria, Italy he brought that simple, authentic Italian style back to Vivace. We’re lucky to have Vivace in little ole Cville and the tagliatelle embodies that best in my opinion. The pancetta is seasoned and cured in house, and the house sausage and grana padano is perfect.”

5) Fried Chicken Sandwich w/fries at The Fitzroy. “There’s another menu item at The Fitzroy named the Perfect Sandwich. I disagree. This is the perfect sandwich. I think about it almost daily. Buttermilk battered chicken, cayenne lemon aioli and pickles. Boom. Owners Kelley Tripp & Richard Ridge are the best in the biz. Kelley helped me open up Boylan, created our menu, and his unique tutelage is a big reason for my success in this business. I’ve known Rich since high school and we were lucky to have him bartend at Boylan for years when he moved back home from NYC. The two of them together are a restaurant dream team. Only a perfectly battered fried chicken sandwich and shoe string fries can compete with them.”

Rally for Allie

Allie

On March 1, rising star chef Allie Redshaw lost her hand in a horrible accident while working at Lampo. Immediately, the Charlottesville food community rallied around Allie and her husband Ian with love and support.

Here is your chance to join that support during an amazing evening with our food community. On March 27 at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, where Allie was once sous chef, a group of top Charlottesville chefs and producers are coming together to Rally for Allie. In addition to Pippin Hill’s own Bill Scatena, chefs include Craig Hartman of The BBQ Exchange, Dean Maupin of C&O, Lee Hendrickson of Red Pump Kitchen, Caleb Warr of Tavola, and Greenwood Gourmet’s Polina Chesnakova, another recent victim of a life-changing hand injury. Contributors also include Gerry Newman of Albemarle Baking Company, Gail Hobbs-Page of Caromont Farm, and Anita Gupta of Maliha Creations. Guests will enjoy an array of specialty sample dishes from the chefs and contributors.

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Pippin Hill and the participants, every penny of ticket sales and auction proceeds will go directly to Allie’s Recovery Fund, helping Allie, Ian, and their 16-month-old daughter as they face the daunting expenses of medical care, rehabilitation, and a prosthetic, among others. To join the food community on this special night, get your tickets here. Details:

  • What: Rally for Allie – A Food & Wine Benefit for Allie Redshaw
  • When: 6 – 8 pm, March 27, 2017
  • Where: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
  • How Much: $50 per person